State-of-the-Art Diagnostic Services:
At the Enoch Callaway Cancer clinic, we are constantly tracking the newest developments in cancer diagnoses. Depending on the type of cancer we suspect, you may be tested by any of the following techniques:
- Blood Tests– Certain types of cancer will show elevated levels of different substances in the blood.
- Colonoscopy– A flexible tube holding a camera is passed through the colon to detect possible cancerous lesions. The patient is given light anesthesia for the procedure.
- Computerized Tomography (CT)– A brief, targeted exposure of a small amount of radiation, which is used to create a detailed image of internal organs.
- Mammography– A black and white X-ray of the breast, used to determine the presence of breast tumors.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – A magnetic field and radio waves create detailed images of the organs and tissues in your body.
- Nuclear Medicine Diagnostics– Organ or tissue-specific images that are obtained as radiopharmaceuticals pass through the body.
- Positron Emission Tomography (PET) – Allows physicians to detect abnormal molecular cell activity which may indicate the presence of cancer.
Extra Support to Thrive after a Cancer Diagnosis For some, it takes extra support to thrive after a cancer diagnosis. That’s why the Enoch Callaway Cancer Clinic offers complementary therapies including art and dance classes to focus on healing beyond medical treatment.
Curvy Yoga Curvy Yoga instructor Renee Burke helps patients "find their balance" through Curvy Yoga Therapy session at the Women's Health Center at West Georgia Health. Curvy Yoga uses movements, stretches and motions to meet the needs of people of all sizes and abilities. The therapy program is available for free to those diagnosed with cancer or for caregivers caring for someone with cancer.
Art Therapy For some, the healing process after a cancer diagnosis can be more than just physical. Art Therapy, a program offered at the Enoch Callaway Cancer Clinic at West Georgia Health, is changing the way patients see therapy and their road to recovery. Art Therapy is designed to offer a creative and expressive outlet to those who have been diagnosed with cancer.
Reach to Recovery Reach to Recovery involves volunteer cancer survivors who work to make a difference in the lives of others affected by breast cancer.
Road to Recovery Road to Recovery, staffed by volunteer drivers, provides transportation to treatment for patients who need assistance.
Look Good - Feel Good This is a free program that teaches beauty techniques to female cancer patients in active treatment to help them combat the appearance-related effects of cancer treatment. LGFB is held the fourth Thursday of the month in the Enoch Callaway Cancer Clinic.
Palliative Care Program
The Palliative Care Program at West Georgia Health offers specialized care to inpatients who are coping with serious illnesses. Palliative care places an emphasis on relief of pain, and the symptoms and stress of coping with a serious illness along with the emotional and spiritual support for the patient and family.
Palliative care differs from hospice care, which is provided during the last stages of life. Palliative Care, which can begin at any time following a diagnosis, focuses on improving quality of life and providing comfort for chronic illnesses such as:
- Congestive Heart Failure.
- Kidney Failure.
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
- Alzheimer’s Disease.
The Palliative Care Approach
Our Palliative Care nurse works with physicians, pharmacists, nurses, social workers and chaplains to devleop a plan of care designed for each patient's individual needs, from providing comfort to managing symptoms such as pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, depression and anxiety.
Palliative Care Services
The Supportive and Palliative Care Program offers a variety of patient care services for patients and families including:
- Pain and symptom management.
- Treatment options.
- Emotional and psychological support.
- Link to additional patient care resources.
- Education for the patient’s additional health care provider.
- Guidance with future decisions concerning health status.
Most cancer patients will receive some type of surgery. A biopsy may be used to determine whether or not a lump or mass is cancerous. During a biopsy, some or all of the tumor may be removed and sent to a pathologist for diagnosis. If surgery is recommended as a treatment option, a surgeon may remove all of the tumor and surrounding tissue.
Chemotherapy consists of medication administered orally or intravenously through an IV or the blood. Known as a systemic therapy because the cancer-killing drug circulates through the body, chemotherapy may utilize a single drug or a combination of drugs.
In addition to chemotherapy, other procedures including infusion of fluids, injections, administration of blood products, bladder instillation, endocrine testing and bone marrow aspirations are provided in the Ambulatory Infusion area.
Radiation Therapy Radiation therapy is the use of focused, high energy radiation beams used to kill cancer cells. Radiation destroys the DNA in cancer cells and prevents the cancer from growing. As the cancer cells die, the tumor shrinks. Some normal tissue may also be damaged but will eventually regenerate. Since radiation therapy is a localized treatment, it destroys only the cancer in the treatment area.
West Georgia Health utilizes a state-of-the-art Varian Clinac iX Linear accelerator, which makes use of the sophisticated treatment techniques of Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) and Image-Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT). This machine is capable of "sculpting" the beam of radiation, targeting tumors while leaving surrounding healthy tissues untouched.
In the early stages of cancer, more aggressive treatment, including any combination of the three treatment options may be used. For patients with advanced stages of cancer, palliative treatment may be prescribed to relieve symptoms such as pain, bleeding and shortness of breath.